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Standing Committee Meetings
Week of February 7, 2016 - February 13, 2016

 

Agenda Build

 

House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products

 

AGENDA

 

Room 31

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 3:45 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                    House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor Tax Discussion

Farm tax exemptions

 Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      H. 539 - An act relating to establishment of a Pollinator Protection Committee

Committee discussion

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 539 - An act relating to establishment of a Pollinator Protection Committee

Committee discussion

 

10:15 AM                    Break

 

10:30 AM                    Farm to School

Joint hearing, room 11

Abbie Nelson, Co-Director, VT Food Ed. Every Day & Ed. Coord. at Nofa-VT

Betsy Rosenbluth, Co-Director, Vermont FEED

Susan Camp, Vermont Department of Health

Abbey- Willard, Local Foods Administrator, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Peg Sutlive, Teacher, Bristol, Vermont

Charlotte Crum, Bristol, Vermont

Wyatt Bannister, Bristol, Vermont

Wesley Husk, Bristol, Vermont

Genevieve Forand, Bristol, Vermont

Laura Collaro, Teacher, Bristol, Vermont

Todd Brown, Owner, Farmer Brown Farm

Bruce Williams, Superintendent, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

Jack Carroll, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

Misse Axelrod, Farm to School Coordinator, Northfield, Vermont

Izzy Jackson, Roxbury, Vermont

Orrin Price, Roxbury, Vermont

Amirah Lewis, Roxbury, Vermont

Zoe Ryan, Roxbury, Vermont

Patricia O'Reagan, Teacher, Roxbury, Vermont

Steve Marinelli, Food Services Director, Milton School District

Ryan Torres, Eat Well, Play More Vermont

Doug Davis, Director, Food Service, Burlington School District

Faye Conte, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor H. 539 - An act relating to establishment of a Pollinator Protection Committee

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Jane Clifford, Executive Director, Green Mountain Dairy Farmers

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Introduction

Joseph Tisbert, President, Vermont Farm Bureau

 

9:30 AM                      Vermont Fairs Association

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fairs & Field Days Association

Jim Foster, Director, Addison County Fair

Mike Tetreault, Board Member, Orleans County Fair

Charles Calmer, Caledonia County Fair

Peggy Sherlock, Member, Tunbridge Fair

Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

 

10:00 AM                    H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

 

 Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

10:45 AM                    Break

 

11:00 AM                    H. 539 - An act relating to establishment of a Pollinator Protection Committee

Committee discussion

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

Committee discussion

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor H. 539 - An act relating to establishment of a Pollinator Protection Committee

committee vote

Cary Giguere, Pesticide Program Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

following                     H. 778 - An act relating to State enforcement of the federal Food Safety and Modernization Act

 

-                                   H. 779 - An act relating to the regulation of raw agricultural commodities, value-added agricultural products, and agricultural accessory uses on a farm

 Cameron Wood, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                      House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets  Budget

 Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman (802) 828-2233

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

 

Agenda Build

 

House Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 42

February 8, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:06 PM

 

Monday, February 08, 2016

10:30 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Natural Resources - Agency Overview and Central Office

 Deborah Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

 Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Steve Chadwick, Director of Management, Agency of Natural Resources

 

11:30 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Natural Resources

 Alyssa Schuren, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

George Desch, Director of Waste Management Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

 Joanna Pallito, Financial Director, Department of Environmental Conservation

Tracy LaFrance, Financial Administrator, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:30 PM                    Recess for Lunch

 

1:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Natural Resources

 Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Kristin Freeman, Financial Director, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

2:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Natural Resources

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Kim Royar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Fish & Wildlife

Steve Gomez, Financial Director, Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

3:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Committee Discussion

 

4:45 PM                      Adjourn

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                     FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

General Government

Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

 Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

12:00 PM                    Recess for Lunch

 

2:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

General Government

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

John Booth, Director of Treasury Operations, Office of the State Treasurer

 

4:00 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

 Judith Rex, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victims Services

Carol Brochu, Financial Manager, Center for Crime Victims Services

 

4:45 PM                      Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

8:45 AM                     FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Human Services - Blueprint Report Overview

Dr. Craig Jones, Executive Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health

 

9:45 AM                     Crime Research Group

Results First Briefs

Robin Weber, Director of Research, Crime Research Group

 Karen Gennette Esq., Programs Manager, Crime Research Group

 

10:45 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

 Chris Recchia, Commissioner, Public Service Department

David Tauscher, Administrative Services Director, Department of Public Service

Stacey Drinkwine, Financial Manager, Department of Public Service

 

12:00 PM                    Recess for Lunch

 

1:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

Maj. Gen. Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

Brigadier General Michael T. Heston, Deputy Adjutant General, Department of the Military

Ken Gragg, Financial Manager, Adjutant Generals Office, Vermont National Guard

 

2:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Higher Education

 Thomas Sullivan, President, University of Vermont

Wendy Koenig, Legislative Liaison, University of Vermont

 

3:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Higher Education

Scott Giles, President, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

4:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Commerce

Benjamin Cadwallader, Executive Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra

 

4:45 PM                      Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8:45 AM                     H. 611 - An act relating to fiscal year 2016 budget adjustments

Overview of Senate Actions

Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

8:55 AM                     FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

William Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Susanne Young, Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

William Griffin, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Diane Ford, Financial Administrator, Attorney General's Office

 

10:15 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Natural Resources

Lou Borie, Executive Director, Natural Resources Board

 

10:45 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

Chuck Ross, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Jolinda LaClair, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Marcey Hodgdon, Financial Director II, Agency of Agriculture

 

11:50 AM                   Introduction

Vermont Fairs Association

 

12:00 PM                    Recess for Lunch

 

1:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Advocates Hearing on Agency of Human Services Budgets

Room 11, State House

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 Campaign

Peter Jacobsen, Vermont Cares

Sue Chase, Vermont Association of Adult Day Services (VAADS)

Bernie Noe ND, Naturopathic Physician, Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Ed Paquin, Director, Disability Rights Vermont

Sarah Launderville, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)

Paul Zabriskie, Weatherization Director, Capstone Community Action Council

Steve Pouliot, Executive Director, Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sara Kobylenski , Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven

Molly Dugan, Director, Support and Services at Home (SASH, Cathedral Square Corporation

Laura-Nicole Sisson, Development and Communications Associate, Pathways Vermont

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Matt Levin, Executive Director, Early Childhood Alliance

Sonja Raymond, Apple Tree Learning Center, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

Alex Potter, Center for Health and Learning

Nicole LeBlanc, Self Advocate, Green Mountain Self Advocates

Wilda White, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors

Angela Smith-Dieng, Vermont Area Agencies on Aging

Gini Milkey, Director, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)

Sarah Kenney, Public Policy Coordinator, Let's Grow Kids

Sarah Knutson, Wellness Recovery Human Rights Campaign

Xenia Williams, Masters in Community Mental Health, Barre Town, VT

 

2:45 PM                      Adjourn Public Hearing

 

3:00 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Labor -- Room 42

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

 Chad Wawrzyniak, Director of Finance, Department of Labor

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

5:30 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Public Hearing in Room 11, State House

 

6:30 PM                      Adjourn Public Hearing

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

8:45 AM                     FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

 Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

Matt Riven, Director of Budget and Management, Vermont Judiciary

 

10:45 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

 Richard Gauthier, Executive Director, VT Criminal Justice Training Council

 

11:30 AM                   FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

Barb Neal, Executive Director, Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

 

12:00 PM                    Recess for Lunch

 

1:15 PM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons and Property

Keith Flynn, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Joe Flynn, Deputy Commisioner, Department of Public Safety

Lieutenant Matthew Birmingham, Colonel, Vermont State Police

JoaAnne Chadwick, Director of Administration, Department of Public Safety

Michael Derochers, Director of the Division of Fire Safety, Department of Public Safety

Chris Herrick, Director of Emergency Management- Homeland Security, Department of Public Safety

Dr. Trisha Conti, Laboratory Director, Vermont Forensics Laboratory, Department of Public Safety

Jeffrey Wallin, Director, VCIC, Department of Public Safety

Dean Hamel, OTM, Department of Public Safety

Terry LaValley, Communications Program Manager, Department of Public Safety

 

3:00 PM                      Adjourn

 

 

Agenda Build

 

House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 

AGENDA

 

Room 35

February 8, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 11:27 AM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:00 AM                      RBA and Economic Development Outcomes

Rep. Anne Theresa O'Brien, Member, Government Accountability Committee

 

9:20 AM                      H. 838 - An act relating to business registration requirements

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Janet Murnane, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office

 

10:00 AM                    Floor Convenes

 

5 min. after adj.           H. 838 - An act relating to business registration requirements

Continuation from morning

 

11:30 AM                    H. 773 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Also including H.378

Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women

 

12:00 PM                    Republican Party Caucus

 

1:15 PM                      Democratic Party and Progressive Party Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      Permitting

Pausing in Permitting.  A discussion inspired by H.234.  Joint hearing with House General, Housing & Military Affairs, Room 10

Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

Kathy Beyer, Vice President for Development, Housing Vermont

Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

3:45 PM                      H. 249 - An act relating to intermunicipal services and the authority to create a regional council of governments

Rep. Linda J. Martin, Reporter of the Bill

Rep. Donna Sweaney, Chair, House Committee On Government Operations

Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

Cameron Wood, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 773 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Side-by-side of bills H.216, H.331, H.378, H.773

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM                    S. 23 - An act relating to required disclosures for workers’ compensation settlements

Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sponsor, '

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:15 AM                    H. 669 - An act relating to a Department of Labor study and report concerning workers’ compensation and opiate abuse

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel

 

11:00 AM                    H. 773 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Kaj Samsom, Deputy Commissioner of Insurance

 Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor

 

1:00 PM                      State Workforce Investment Board

Meeting in Montpelier at Elks Club

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 773 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Including H.378

Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Marlys Waller, Director, Developmental Services, Vermont Care Partners

Allan Sullivan, General Counsel, Agency of Human Services

Bill Duchac, Manager of Insurance, Vermont Risk Management

John Hollar, Lobbyist, American Insurance Association

Chip Ams, Insurance agent, Manchester Insurance Agency

Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor

Murphy Robinson, Lead Guide, Mountainsong Expeditions

 

1:00 PM                      Floor Convenes

 

15 min. after adj.         H. 773 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Including H.378 - continuation from morning

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 574 - An act relating to the Vermont Economic Development Authority

Jo Bradley, Director, Vermont Economic Development Authority

 David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM                      Floor Convenes

 

10:00 AM                    Economic Development Marketing

Joint hearing with Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs - Room 10

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

 Dariel Curran, DCI Counselors, Inc.

 Ken Millman, Spike Advertising

 

1:00 PM                      H. 838 - An act relating to business registration requirements

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Janet Murnane, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

 Jenny Prosser, General Counsel, Secretary of State's Office

 Marlene Betit, Business Director, Secretary of State's Office

 

1:30 PM                      H. 12 - An act relating to licensing consumer litigation funding companies

Naomi Sheffield, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:20 PM                      H. 801 - An act relating to fair employment practices

Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Sponsor

 

2:35 PM                      H. 834 - An act relating to unemployment compensation

Rep. Kesha K. Ram, Sponsor

 

2:50 PM                      H. 748 - An act relating to funding participation by municipalities and adjoining landowners in the energy facility siting process

Rep. Kathleen C. Keenan, Sponsor

 

3:05 PM                      H. 820 - An act relating to creating the Vermont Creative Network

 Alex Aldrich, Executive Director, Vermont Arts Council

 

3:20 PM                      H. 816 - An act relating to regulating Internet-based lodging accommodations

Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor

 

3:35 PM                      H. 798 - An act relating to eligibility for unemployment compensation

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

 

3:50 PM                      H. 799 - An act relating to workers’ compensation

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

 

4:05 PM                      H. 800 - An act relating to investigations of complaints of unpaid wages

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Shirley Adams (802) 828-2255

 

Agenda Build

 

House Committee on Corrections and Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 33

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:33 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

11:15 AM                   Department of Corrections

Overview of correctional facilities and inmates at each

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Michael Touchette, Director of Correctional Facilities, Department of Corrections

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      IT Overview

Legislative IT

Joint meeting with House Government Operations

Room 11

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Kevin Moore, Deputy Director for Information Technology, Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

8:45 AM                     Department of Corrections

Crime Research Group Report, RBA model

 Karen Gennette Esq., Programs Manager, Crime Research Group

Robin Weber, Director of Research, Crime Research Group

 

9:45 AM                     H. 610 - An act relating to clarifying the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Water Pollution Control Grant Programs

Elizabeth Schilling, Associate General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

Eric Blatt, Director Facilities Engineering Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM                   Waterbury State Office Complex

Michael Clasen, Deputy Secretary, Office of the State Treasurer

Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

 William Shepeluk, Municipal Manager, Waterbury, VT

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

1:30 PM                      H. 774 - An act relating to the creation of the Reintegration Services Study Committee

Introduction of bill to the Committee

Rep. Susan Davis, Sponsor

 

2:00 PM                      Capital Budget Adjustment

Section 5: Judiciary - Statewide Security Systems & Improvements

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

Matt Riven, Chief of Finance and Administration, Vermont Judiciary

Bill Gerke, Security and Safety Program Manager, Office of the Court Administrator

 

3:30 PM                      Capital Budget Adjustment

Section 12: Military - VT Veterans' Cemetery

 

Tricia Harper, Architect and Project Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services

Robert Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs

 

4:00 PM                      H. 534 - An act relating to home detention and home confinement furlough

 Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8:30 AM                     Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Jay Simons, Director, Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

 

9:30 AM                     Department of Buildings and General Services

Use of building space, central region

Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

Sandra Vitzthum, Project Manager II, Department of Buildings & General Services

Bob Rea, Director of Facilities, Eastern Region, Department of Buildings & General Services

Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

11:00 AM                   H. 610 - An act relating to clarifying the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Water Pollution Control Grant Programs

Joint hearing with House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources

Room 10

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Eric Blatt, Director Facilities Engineering Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

2:45 PM                      Vermont Fairs Association

Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

 

3:00 PM                      Capital Budget Adjustment

Section 2: BGS - Update on Ag/ANR lab

Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

Michael Kuhn, Project Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services

Chuck Ross, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Jolinda LaClair, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Guy Roberts, Lab Director, VT Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory

 

4:45 PM                      Department of Corrections

Public Records Act exemptions - Inmate access to files

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

A.J. Ruben, Supervising Attorney, Disability Rights Vermont

Kurt Kuehl, General Counsel, Department of Corrections

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

8:30 AM                     Forgiveness of School Construction Debt

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Stephen Wisloski, VP Finance & Administration, Vermont State Colleges

 

9:30 AM                     House Floor

 

--After Floor               TBA

 

10:30 AM                   Capital Budget Adjustment

Section 13: DPS - Blood Analysis Lab

Joe Flynn, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

John Ostrum, Buildings Engineer, Department of Buildings & General Services

Dr. Trisha Conti, Laboratory Director, Vermont Forensics Laboratory, Department of Public Safety

Dave Burley, Director of Facilities, Western Region, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

11:30 AM                   Capital Budget Adjustment

Section 3 - AHS: Integrated Eligibility IT System

Justin Johnson, Secretary, Agency of Administration

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      H. 719 - An act relating to a land transfer at the Southeast State Correctional Facility

Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

Dan Edson, Energy Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Michael Touchette, Director of Correctional Facilities, Department of Corrections

 

1:45 PM                      The confidentiality of offender and inmate files

 Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 5 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Sue MacMartin (802) 828-2259

smacmartin@leg.state.vt.us

 

Agenda Build

 

House Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 32

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:14 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                    FLOOR

 

11:15 AM                    Next Generation Funding Programs

     Pathways to post-secondary education for first generation Vermont students

Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic and Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges

Joyce Judy, President, Community College of Vermont

 

12:00 PM                    Republican Caucus

 

1:15 PM                      Democratic and Progressive Caucus

 

2:15 PM                      Special Education

Nathan Levenson, President, District Management Council via Phone

Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services, Chittenden South Supervisory Union

Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

 

3:30 PM                      Teachers' Pensions and Retirement Benefits

 Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      Early Childhood Education

Sherry Carlson, Consultant, Vermont Birth to Five

Sonja Raymond, Executive Director, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

Matt Levin, Executive Director, Early Childhood Alliance

 

10:00 AM                    Agency of Education

     Budget

William Talbott, Deputy Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

 

10:30 AM                    Farm to School

     Joint meeting in room 11 with House and Senate Agriculture

Bruce Williams, Superintendent, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

 Jack Carroll, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

 Genevieve Forand, Bristol, Vermont

Charlotte Crum, Bristol, Vermont

Wesley Husk, Bristol, Vermont

Wyatt Bannister, Bristol, Vermont

Laura Collaro, Bristol, Vermont

Peg Sutlive, Bristol, Vermont

Todd Brown, Owner, Farmer Brown Farm

Zoe Ryan, Northfield, Vermont

Amirah Lewis, Northfield, Vermont

Orrin Price, Northfield, Vermont

Izzy Jackson, Northfield, Vermont

Misse Axelrod, Northfield, Vermont

Patricia O'Reagan, Northfield, Vermont

Steve Marinelli, Milton School District

Ryan Torres, Philanthropic Advisor

Susan Camp, Vermont Department of Health

Doug Davis, Director, Food Service, Burlington School District

 Ali Zipparo, Farm to School Coordinator, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

1:30 PM                      Agency of Education

     Committee discussion on AOE budget

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Scott Giles, President, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

10:30 AM                    Special Education

 Michael Giangreco, Professor of Education, University of Vermont - via Phone

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

After the floor             Act 46

     School choice

Jason Gaddis, Parent, Windsor, VT

 

2:30 PM                      Vermont State Colleges

     Higher Education Proposals

Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges

 

3:30 PM                      Results Oriented Program Approval

     "ROPA"

Steve Owens, Member, Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators

 Tricia Coates, Director of External and Governmental Affairs, Vermont State Colleges

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                      FLOOR

 

After the floor             Community High School of Vermont

Wilhelmina Picard, Director of Corrections Education, Community High School of Vermont

 

Next                            H. 846 - An act relating to making changes to the calculation of the statewide education property tax

Rep. Scott Beck, Sponsor

 

11:00 AM                    Education Finance

     Budget

 Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

James Pepper, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy Advisor, Governor's Office

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 20 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Marjorie Zunder (802) 828-2258

 

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House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources

 

AGENDA

 

Room 47

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:33 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                    FLOOR

 

11:00 AM                    H. 517 - An act relating to the classification of State waters

Mark-up

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:15 PM                      H. 789 - An act relating to forest integrity and municipal and regional planning

Intro

Rep. Amy Sheldon, Sponsor, House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jamey Fidel, Forest Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Putnam Blodgett, Landowner & Tree Farmer, Bradford

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

8:45 AM                      H. 789 - An act relating to forest integrity and municipal and regional planning

Jamey Fidel, Forest Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Bonnie Waninger, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Peter Gregory, Executive Director, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

 

9:30 AM                      Local Government Day

Progress on Water Quality bill

Jeff Wennberg, Commissioner of Public Works, Rutland City

Tom Dipietro, Storm water Superintendent, City of South Burlington

 

10:30 AM                    Salt Shed Transfer Station

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jeff Nelson, Director of Energy & Environmental Services, VHB Engineering

Kevin Burke, Environmental Analyst, Stormwater Program, Department of Environmental Conservation

Joe Colangelo, Town Manager, Shelburne

Heather Furman, State Director, The Nature Conservancy

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

1:45 PM                      H. 517 - An act relating to the classification of State waters

Mark-up and Vote

 

2:45 PM                      H. 610 - An act relating to clarifying the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Water Pollution Control Grant Programs

Sections relevant to this committee

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:45 PM                      Salt Shed Transfer Station

Committee Discussion

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 781 - An act relating to the use of gun suppressors for hunting

Intro

Rep. Patrick Brennan, House Committee on Transportation

 

9:15 AM                      Changes in Clean Water Fund

committee discussion on Transportation Proposal

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

 

10:15 AM                    H. 644 - An act relating to nuisance suits against forestry operations

OR hear from farmers about regenerative agriculture

Andrea Stander, Executive Director, Rural Vermont

 

11:00 AM                    H. 610 - An act relating to clarifying the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Water Pollution Control Grant Programs

Joint meeting with House Corrections and Institutions

*ROOM 10*

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Elizabeth Schilling, Associate General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

2:00 PM                      Forests, Parks and Recreation

Budget Presentation

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Kristin Freeman, Business Manager, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

3:00 PM                      H. 570 - An act relating to hunting, fishing, and trapping

Mark-up

Eric Palmer, Director of Fisheries, Department of Fish & Wildlife

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                      FLOOR

 

10:15 AM                    H. 517 - An act relating to the classification of State waters

Mar-Up and Vote

 Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:45 AM                    H. 552 - An act relating to threatened and endangered species

Mark-up

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM                    H. 570 - An act relating to hunting, fishing, and trapping

Mark-up

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      H. 552 - An act relating to threatened and endangered species

Mark-Up and Vote continued

 Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM                      H. 570 - An act relating to hunting, fishing, and trapping

Mark-Up and Vote continued

 Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

Committee Assistant: Shannon Blake       sblake@leg.state.vt.us

 

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House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 41

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:51 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                    House Floor

 

15 min after Floor       H. 278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      Permitting

Pausing in Permitting.  A discussion inspired by H.234.

Joint Hearing with House Commerce Committee.

Room 10

Kathy Beyer, Vice President for Development, Housing Vermont via Phone

Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

3:45 PM                      H. 278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      Bill Introductions

Housing related bills.

 

-                                   H. 635 - An act relating to local land use bylaws and affordable housing

Rep. James Masland, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 702 - An act relating to a workforce housing demonstration project

Rep. Fred Baser, Sponsor

 

-                                   Home Buyer's Down Payment Assistance Program

Update

Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

 

-                                   H. 721 - An act relating to extending the first time homebuyer’s Down Payment Assistance Program

Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor

 

10:15 AM                    Housing Investment

Local Investment Advisory Committee

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Tim Lueders-Dumont, Executive Assistant, State Treasurer's Office

Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

 

11:00 AM                    Bill Introductions

Tenant / landlord related bills.

 

-                                   H. 540 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Rep. Maida Townsend, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 771 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Rep. Marianna Gamache, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 810 - An act relating to residential eviction proceedings

Rep. Marianna Gamache, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 797 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Rep. Tommy Walz, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

15 min after Floor       H. 526 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Board

Committee Discussion

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   H. 111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

Committee discussion and possible vote.

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   H. 278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

Committee discussion and possible vote.

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   H. 187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Discussion on bill's progress.

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:30 PM                      Committee Discussion

FY17 budget memo.

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Bill Introductions

Labor related bills.

 

-                                   H. 464 - An act relating to gender equality on State boards, commissions, and similar entities

Rep. Anne Theresa O'Brien, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 369 - An act relating to health care and labor relations for school employees

Rep. Ronald E. Hubert, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 260 - An act relating to the minimum wage

Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 689 - An act relating to a Universal Basic Income study

Rep. Susan Davis, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 811 - An act relating to the wage rate for service or tipped employees and restaurant service charges

Rep. Christopher Pearson, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 824 - An act relating to the adoption of occupational safety and health rules and standards

Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 640 - An act relating to expenses for the repair of town cemeteries

Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 836 - An act relating to whistleblower protections for employees

Rep. Teo Zagar, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 404 - An act relating to serving wine and beer during special events at a retail store

Rep. Teo Zagar, Co-sponsor

 

10:45 AM                    Bill Introductions

Alcohol related bills.

 

-                                   H. 305 - An act relating to permitting alcoholic beverages to be served at community events

Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Sponsor

Rep. Robert Forguites, Co-sponsor

 

-                                   H. 804 - An act relating to the manufacture of fortified wines

Rep. Butch Shaw, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 835 - An act relating to provisional alcohol licenses

Rep. Willem Jewett, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 451 - An act relating to nano breweries

Rep. Sarah E. Buxton, Sponsor

 

11:30 AM                    Department of Liquor Control

Introduction of new Commissioner.

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

2:00 PM                      H. 808 - An act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees

Ethan Allen

Rep. Gabrielle Lucke, Sponsor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General

Erin Jones, Regional Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes via Phone

Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women

Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

Trudy Trombley, Truly Trudy's  Boutique

Sharon Cox, Self Advocate

Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission

Ashley Moore, Community and Business Relations Manager, Main Street Alliance of VT

William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont

Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce via Phone

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                      House Floor

 

15 min after Floor       Committee Action as needed

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      Committee Action as needed

 

-                                   H. 111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

Update from working group.

 

2:00 PM                      Adjourn

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Ron Wild (802) 828-2263

rwild@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring one hard copy. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

 

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House Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 49

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 8:53 AM

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

10:00 AM                   FLOOR

 

11:00 AM                   Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      IT Discussion

Joint meeting with House Institutions and Corrections, House Government Operations and a representative from House Appropriations

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Kevin Moore, Deputy Director for Information Technology, Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                     H. 130 - An act relating to the Agency of Public Safety

Keith Flynn, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Joe Flynn, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Rick Gauthier, Executive Director, Police Training Academy

Michael Desrochers, Director of Fire Management, Department of Public Safety

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Captain Jake Elovirta, Chief of Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles

Colonel Jason Batchelder, Director of Enforcement, Vermont House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee

William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control

Christopher Brickell, Chief, Brandon

Douglas Johnston, Chief of Police, Springfield, Springfield

 

11:30 AM                   H. 564 - An act relating to law enforcement officers

Rick Gauthier, Executive Director, Police Training Academy

 

11:45 AM                   H. 249 - An act relating to intermunicipal services and the authority to create a regional council of governments

Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

Vermont League of Cities and Towns Day

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

15 minutes after Floor            H. 708 - An act relating to requiring gender equality on State boards, commissions, and similar entities

BILL INTRODUCTION

Rep. Diana Gonzalez

 

2:30 PM                      VLCT Local Government Day

Joint meeting with House and Senate Government Operations Committees, Senate Chamber

 

3:30 PM                      H. 249 - An act relating to intermunicipal services and the authority to create a regional council of governments

Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                     Divestiture, retirement and unclaimed property

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Mike O'Neil, President, VT Troopers Association

 

10:30 AM                   H. 530 - An act relating to categorization of State contracts for service

Susan Zeller, Chief Performance Officer, Agency of Administration

Jaye Johnson, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Michele Anderson, Legal Counsel, Department of Human Resources

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

3:00 PM                      H. 522 - An act relating to establishing an Office of the Child Protection Advocate

Hal Cohen, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Michelle Fay, Voices for Vermont's Children

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                     FLOOR

 

10:30 AM                   H. 526 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Board

Rep. Thomas Stevens

 

11:00 AM                   Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 5 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Denise Diehl (802) 828-2267

 

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House Committee on Health Care

 

AGENDA

 

Room 45

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 3:56 PM

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

10:00 AM                    House Floor

 

11:00 AM                    Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

Update on academic detailing

11:00--11:45 AM

Charles MacLean MD, Associate Dean for Primary Care, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Elizabeth Cote, Director, Area Health Education Centers, UVM College of Medicine (AHEC)

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey

Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Richard McCoy, Manager, Public Health Statistics, Vermont Department of Health

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Initial presentation and discussion.

Rep. Charles Conquest, Bill Sponsor

Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project

Catherine Fulton, Executive Director, Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC)

Pat Jones, Health Care Project Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

10:30 AM                    Vermont Health Connect

Update; discussion with Benaissance, the premium processor for Vermont Health Connect

Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Dawn Schneiderman, Director, Audit and Risk Management, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare

Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate

Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Mark Waterstraat, Chief Strategy Officer, Benaissance

Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect

Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

2:00 PM                      All Payer Model

Discussion continued.

Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

 

3:30 PM                      H. 761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Catherine Fulton, Executive Director, Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC)

Debra Wilcox, Director of Planning and Health Care Policy, Department of Health

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Department of Vermont Health Access. Discussion, continued. 9:00 AM to noon.

Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access

Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Howard Pallotta, General Counsel, Department of Vermont Health Access

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

2:45 PM                      H. 766 - An act relating to a study of expanding Dr. Dynasaur

Rep. Ruqaiyah Morris, Bill Sponsor

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 Campaign

Philene Taormina, Director of Advocacy, AARP Vermont

Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Victoria Loner, Vice President of Clinical Operations, OneCare Vermont

 

9:30 AM                      House Floor

 

10:30 AM                    H. 761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Dr. Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) (10:30 AM)

Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association (11:00 AM)

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      H. 761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society (1:00 PM)

Pat Jones, Health Care Project Director, Green Mountain Care Board (1:30 PM)

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Loring Starr (802) 828-2264

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring four hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

 

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House Committee on Human Services

 

AGENDA

 

Room 46

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:15 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 112 - An act relating to access to financial records in adult protective services investigations

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Raymond Lynch, Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo via Phone

Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation

 

10:00 AM                    FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor adjourns    Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      H. 622 - An act relating to obligations for reporting child abuse and neglect and cooperating in investigations of child abuse and neglect

Mark Up and Possible Vote

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families

Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

 Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Matt Levin, Executive Director, Early Childhood Alliance

 

3:30 PM                      H. 112 - An act relating to access to financial records in adult protective services investigations

 Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 171 - An act relating to restrictions on the use of electronic cigarettes

Students from Enosburg High School

Ashley Tardiff, Student, Enosburg Falls High School via Phone

Kendal Nichols, Student, Enosburg Falls High School via Phone

Kyla Perry, Student, Enosburg Falls High School via Phone

 Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, Reynolds America

 

10:00 AM                    Mental Health System of Care: Act 79 review

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Nick Nichols, Policy Director, Department of Mental Health

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor adjourns    H. 171 - An act relating to restrictions on the use of electronic cigarettes

Dr. Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department  of Health

Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

Dr. Jan Carney, Associate Dean of Public Health, UVM College of Medicine

Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, Reynolds America

Rep. Patricia Komline

 

4:00 PM                      Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Living Longer, Living Well: Challenges and Opportunities Today and Tomorrow

Room 11

 Rep. Ann Pugh

 

9:10 AM                      Demographics: What's Ahead?

Lindsay Goldman, Deputy Director, Healthy Aging, New York Academy of Medicine

 

9:40 AM                      Volunteers:  Giving Back & Building Community

Winifred McDowell, volunteer, Vermont Ombudsman Project

 Frank Bell, volunteer, Camp Exclamation Point

 

10:05 AM                    Envisioning Tomorrow's Workforce & Work Environments

Lenore Haskell

Nathan Piper, Business Account Manager, Creative Workforce Solutions

Catherine Holdway, RN, MSc(a), LMFT, Director, Community Care Connection, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

 

10:30 AM                    Break

 

10:45 AM                    Caregivers:  Supporting Families & Enhancing Lives

Lauren Smith

Linda Deliduka

 

11:15 AM                    Livable Communities

Kelly Stoddard-Poor, Associate State Director, AARP

Patricia Sears, State President, AARP

 

11:45 AM                    Wrap-Up

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor adjourns    H. 622 - An act relating to obligations for reporting child abuse and neglect and cooperating in investigations of child abuse and neglect

Committee Discussion

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Lucie Garand, Lobbyist, Downs, Rachlin Martin PLLC

Dr. Jaskanwar Batra, Medical Director, Department of Mental Health

Rep. Ronald E. Hubert

 Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems - via Phone

 

3:30 PM                      Department of Mental Health

Act 114 Reports

Dr. Jaskanwar Batra, Medical Director, Department of Mental Health

Karen Barber, Chief Legal Counsel, Department of Mental Health

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

8:30 AM                      Mental Health: Emergency Room Back-Up

Barbara Quealy, Chief Operating Officer, Gifford Medical Center

Jessica Ryan, Director of Nursing, Gifford Medical Center

Kristin Baker, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, UVM Medical Center

 

9:30 AM                      FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor adjourns    H. 112 - An act relating to access to financial records in adult protective services investigations

Mark Up and Possible Vote

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council (11:30 AM)

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      Committee Weekly Wrap-Up and Discussion

 

2:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 3 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Julie Tucker (802) 828-2265 or jtucker@leg.state.vt.us

 

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House Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 30

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 3:26 PM

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

10:00 AM                    House Floor Convenes

 

15 min. after Floor      H. 533 - An act relating to victim notification

Vote

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 

--                                  H. 400 - An act relating to various changes to judicial procedure

Committee discussion and witness testimony

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 

--                                  Draft Fee bill Section 36 Marriage License Fee

Committee discussion

 

--                                  H. 571 - An act relating to driver’s license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

Committee discussion and review of new proposal

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Party Caucuses

 

2:30 AM                      H. 400 - An act relating to various changes to judicial procedure

Vote

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:00 PM                      H. 571 - An act relating to driver’s license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

Witness testimony followed by committee discussion

George Merkel, Chief of Police, Vermont Police Association

Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

Helana Martin

Zia Gbau

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:15 PM                      Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 677 - An act relating to the Restitution Unit

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Cara Cookson, Public Policy Director and Victim Assistance Program Coordinator, Center for Crime Victims Services

Tim Leuders-Dumont, State Treasurer's Office

Alan LaPerle, Director, Unclaimed Property, Office of the Treasurer

 

10:00 AM                    H. 571 - An act relating to driver’s license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

Committee discussion

 

10:45 AM                    H. 677 - An act relating to the Restitution Unit

Vote

 

11:00 AM                    H. 749 - An act relating to allowing a friend to file a request for relief from abuse order

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

 

11:45 AM                    Adjourn- Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor Convenes

 

15 min. after Floor      H. 571 - An act relating to driver’s license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Chauncey Liese, Chief of Driver Improvement, Department of Motor Vehicles

Willa Farrell, Court Diversion Director, Vermont Court Diversion

Gabrielle Lapointe, Clerk of the Court

 Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 560 - An act relating to traffic safety

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Bobby Sand, Governor’s Liaison to Criminal Justice Programs, Agency of Administration

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

Sara Puls, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

David Cahill, Windsor County State's Attorney

 

10:30 AM                    Break

 

10:45 AM                    H. 560 - An act relating to traffic safety

Committee discussion

Ben Simpson, Student, Bennington Incarceration Task Force

Roi Karlinsky, Student, Bennington Incarceration Task Force

 

11:45 AM                    Adjourn- Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Convenes

 

15 min. after Floor      H. 560 - An act relating to traffic safety

Committee discussion

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 Chauncey Liese, Chief of Driver Improvement, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

4:30 PM                      Adjourn

 

7:00 PM                      Judicial Retention Committee

Public Hearing - Room 11

Rep. Willem Jewett

Rep. Charles Conquest

Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Rep. Gary Viens

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                      House Floor Convenes

 

15 min. after Floor      H. 326 - An act relating to aggravated murder for killing a firefighter or an emergency medical provider

Introduction to the bill by sponsor

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rep. Brian K. Savage, Sponsor, Swanton

 

--                                  H. 749 - An act relating to allowing a friend to file a request for relief from abuse order

Committee discussion

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Sara Puls, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

 

--                                  H. 818 - An act relating to stalking

Committee discussion

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 David Cahill, Windsor County State's Attorney - via Phone

 

1:00 PM                      H. 571 - An act relating to driver’s license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

Committee discussion

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM                      Adjourn

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 8 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Jean Lowell (802) 828-2257

 

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House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Room 44

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 3:48 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                    FLOOR

 

11:25 AM                    H. 608 - An act relating to solid waste management

Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, Solid Waste Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

                                    Solid Waste Franchise Fee - General Background

 Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, Solid Waste Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:30 PM                      H. 608 - An act relating to solid waste management

Mark-Up and Possible Vote

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:00 PM                      H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

Jamey Fidel, General Counsel, Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

 Mark Nelson, Chair, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club

 

9:30 AM                      H. 602 - An act relating to application of the solid waste franchise tax

Adam Necrason, Lobbyist, Solid Waste District Managers' Association

Susan Alexander, District Manager, Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District

John Leddy, Executive Director, Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District

Jeff Myers, President, Myers Waste and Recycling

 Jennifer Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager, Chittenden Solid Waste District

 

11:00 AM                    H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

 Rep. Mark Higley, House Committee On Government Operations

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

1:30 PM                      H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

 Russell Reay, Consulting Forester

 

2:30 PM                      H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

Wrap-Up

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 Steve Sinclair, Director of Forests, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

Committee Discussion and Mark-Up

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

11:00 AM                    H. 602 - An act relating to application of the solid waste franchise tax

Trevor Mance, Owner, TAM Waste Services, Shaftsbury

Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, Solid Waste Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Jeff Myers, President, Myers Waste and Recycling

Rep. William Botzow, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 Marybeth Maguire, General Manager, TAM Waste Services, Shaftsbury

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

2:30 PM                      Timber trespass

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   Forest fire suppression and forest fire wardens

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Steve McLeod, Executive Director, Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:30 AM                      FLOOR

 

10:15 AM                    Carbon pricing and climate change economy

Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development

 

11:00 AM                    General Recycling Discussion

Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager, Coca Cola of Northern New England

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      H. 584 - An act relating to miscellaneous timber harvesting, forestry, and State lands issues

 Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 5 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Claire Bruno (802) 828-3559

cbruno@leg.state.vt.us

 

 

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House Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 43

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:13 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

10:00 AM                    House Floor

 

12:00 PM                    Republican Party Caucus

 

1:15 PM                      Democratic Party Caucus

 

2:15 PM                      DMV Fee Bill

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

3:20 PM                      Committee Discussion

Governor's Proposed FY 2017 Budget; Stormwater; Local Government Day; H.591

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      Transportation Bill

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Daniel Delabruere, Rail Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

9:45 AM                      Transportation Bill

Section 3  Rail;  Section 6 Trespass; Section 7 Boarding/ Loitering about Railroad Property; Section 8 Violation definition re: Rail Property

Daniel Delabruere, Rail Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

Allison Crowley Demag, Lobbyist, Railroad Association of Vermont

John Dunleavy, Assistant Attorney General, Agency of Transportation

 Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:30 AM                    VLCT Local Government Day

Joint Meeting Senate Transportation and House Transportation

 

Room 10

Kathleen Ramsey, Board Member, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Jared Cadwell, Selectman, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Duncan Hastings, Selectman, Johnson

Jeff Wennberg, Commissioner of Public Works, Rutland City

Chris Louras, Vice-President, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Keith Rollins, Town Manager, Bethel

Jacqueline Higgins, Town Manager, Williamstown

William Shepeluk, Board Member from Waterbury, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Chad L. Whitehead, Town Manager, Town of St.Johnsbury

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

2:00 PM                      Transportation Bill

Section 2  Traffic and Safety

Section 5  Positions

Richard Tetreault, Chief Engineer & Director of the Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:45 PM                      Transportation Bill

Section 9  Fees  

                Official Business Directional Signs

Section 14  Appropriation; State Aid for Town Highways

Alec Portalupi, Technical Services Manager, Agency of Transportation

 Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:20 PM                      Transportation Bill

Section 10  Transportation Capital Program; Prioritization

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

 Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Public Transit and Go!Vermont Program

Overview and Budget

Barbara Donovan, Public Transit Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

Ross MacDonald, Public Transit Coordinator, Agency of Transportation

Tim Bradshaw, Public Transit Coordinator, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM                    Transportation Bill

Sections 11 and 12  Adjustments to Existing Projects

Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation

 

10:45 AM                    Transportation Bill

Section 14 Appropriation; State Aid for Town Highways

Section 15  Quasi-Judicial Process

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

 

11:40 AM                    H. 560 - An act relating to traffic safety

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

 

1:00 PM                      House Floor

 

2:40 PM                      Transportation Bill

Section 13  Joint Transportation Oversight Committee

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont

Introduction

 Brendan Cosgrove, Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont

Jeff Tucker, President, Board of Directors, American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont

 

9:30 AM                      House Floor

 

10:00 AM                    TBD

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 12 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Barbara Dall (802) 828-2262  bdall@leg.state.vt.us

 

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House Committee on Ways and Means

 

AGENDA

 

Room 34

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 3:24 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:00 AM                      Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

Update on Balance Sheet

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:00 AM                    House Convenes

 

- After Floor                Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

Update on Balance Sheet

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

2:15 PM                      FY 2017 General Fund Budget Framework

Stephanie Barrett, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:00 PM                      Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

How to Characterize Income

Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      Committee Members Bills

 

10:00 AM                    Fee Bill

Web Portal Board

Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation

 

10:30 AM                    Excise Tax on Sugary Drinks in Mexico

Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

 

11:00 AM                    Property Tax Discussion

Patricia Komline

Linda Perkins, St Johnsbury

Stacy Jewell, St. Johnsbury

Camilla Roberts, Rockingham

Val Almosnino, Rupert

Randy Viens, Assessor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association

Donna Fitch, Calais

Janice Ohlsson, Calais

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Convenes

 

2:00 PM                      Local Government Day Visit by Town Clerks

Municipal Fees and Marriage Licenses

Tammy Legacy, Town Clerk, Roxbury

Karen Richard, Town Clerk - Treasurer, Colchester

Sandy Pinsenault, Dover

 

2:30 AM                      Fee Bill

Department of Motor Vehicles

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles

Dan Dickerson, Joint Fiscal Office

Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Fee Bill from line 254

Department of Motor Vehicles

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles

Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles

Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM                    Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

James DesMarais, Legal Counsel, Legislative Council

Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      House Convenes

 

- After Floor                Fee Bill

Walk Through of Fee Bill Language

Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council

 

3:00 PM                      FY 2017 Dept of Vermont Health Access Budget Book

 Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

8:45 AM                      Members Bills

Rep Susan H Davis

Rep Stephen A Carr

Rep Paul LeFebvre

 

9:30 AM                      House Convenes

 

-After Floor                 Members Bills

Rep Maida Townsend

Rep Oliver Olsen

Rep Heidi Scheuermann

Rep Clement Bissonnette

Rep Chip Conquest

 

11:15 AM                    Shrinkage Allowance

Dan Freihofer, Vice President, Operations, Summit Distributors

George Beato, Chief Financial Officer, Champlain Oil Co., Inc.

Joe Choquette, Lobbyist, Downs Rachlin Martin

 

12:00 PM                    Lunch

 

1:00 PM                      Vermont Employment Growth Incentive and Enterprise Fund

Frank Cioffi, President, GBIC

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Karen Lane (802) 828-2250

 

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Senate Committee on Agriculture

 

AGENDA

 

Room 26

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:03 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                      Senate Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor S. 202 - An act relating to the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets establishing a universal meals pilot project under the Farm-to-School Program

 

-                                   S. 169 - An act relating to the Rozo McLaughlin Farm-to-School Program

Committee discussion

Faye Conte, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont

 Ali Zipparo, Farm to School Coordinator, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      S. 205 - An act relating to renewable energy development and protecting agricultural and forest soils

Jonathan Copans, Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs, Department of Public Service

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Kevin Fink, Policy Analyst, Public Service Board

 

10:15 AM                    Break

 

10:30 AM                    Farm to School

Joint hearing, Room 11

 Abbie Nelson, Co-Director, VT Food Ed. Every Day & Ed. Coord. at Nofa-VT

Betsy Rosenbluth, Co-Director, Vermont FEED

Susan Camp, Vermont Department of Health

Abbey Willard, Local Foods Administrator, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Peg Sutlive, Teacher, Bristol, Vermont

Charlotte Crum, Bristol, Vermont

Wyatt Bannister, Bristol, Vermont

Wesley Husk, Bristol, Vermont

Genevieve Forand, Bristol, Vermont

Laura Collaro, Teacher, Bristol, Vermont

Todd Brown, Owner, Farmer Brown Farm

Bruce Williams, Superintendent, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

Jack Carroll, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

Misse Axelrod, Farm to School Coordinator, Northfield, Vermont

Izzy Jackson, Northfield, Vermont

Orrin Price, Northfield, Vermont

Amirah Lewis, Northfield, Vermont

Zoe Ryan, Northfield, Vermont

Patricia O'Reagan, Teacher, Northfield, Vermont

Steve Marinelli, Milton School District

Ryan Torres, Eat Well, Play More Vermont

Doug Davis, Director, Food Service, Burlington School District

Faye Conte, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      S. 159 - An act relating to establishing a regenerative agriculture certification program

Ethan Allen Room

Jesse McDougall, Studio Hill Farm and Pullman Farm, Shaftsbury, Vermont

Trevor Mance, Owner, TAM Waste Services, Shaftsbury

Judith Schwartz, Author, Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Peter Burmeister, Burelli Farm, Berlin, Vermont

Ben Hewitt, author, owner of Fat o' the Land Farm, Stannard, Vermont

Lindsay Harris, Mountain Home Farm, Tunbridge, Vermont

Will Allen, Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, Vermont

 

11:15 AM                    Break

 

11:30 AM                    Vermont Fairs Association

 

Mike Tetreault, Board Member, Orleans County Fair

Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

Donna Camber, Caledonia County Fair

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      S. 159 - An act relating to establishing a regenerative agriculture certification program

Falko Schilling, Consumer Advocate, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

 Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

10:30 AM                    Personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments

Cary Giguere, Pesticide Program Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

11:15 AM                    Break

 

11:30 AM                    Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman (802) 828-2233

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

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Senate Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 5

February 8, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/10/2016 1:40 PM

 

Monday, February 08, 2016

1:00 PM                    No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

1:30 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Administration Overview

[Overview Documents]

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Emily Byrne, Director, Budget Management Division, Department of Finance & Management

Brad Ferland, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

 

2:30 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Finance and Management/Secretary of Administration

[General Government]

 Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

 Emily Byrne, Director, Budget Management Division, Department of Finance & Management

 Brad Ferland, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

 

3:00 PM                    Break

 

3:30 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation [Higher Education]

Scott Giles, President, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1:00 PM                    Senate Convenes

 

2:15 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Defender General [ Protection]

 Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

 Lora Evans, Business Manager

 

3:00 PM                    Break

 

3:30 PM                    Crime Research Group

Results First Report

 Karen Gennette Esq., Programs Manager, Crime Research Group

 Robin Weber, Director of Research, Crime Research Group

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00 PM                    Senate Convenes

 

1:30 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Vermont Fairs Association

 Jackie Folsom, Vermont Fairs Association

 

2:00 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Human Resources Department [General Government]

Maribeth Spelliman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Tom Cheney, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

 

2:45 PM                    FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Attorney General [Protection]

William Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

William Griffin, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Supreme Court

Diane Ford, Business Manager, Attorney General's Office

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

1:00 PM                    All Payer Model

Joint Senate Finance/Appropriations Committees

(Room 5)

Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

 

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Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 27

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:48 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                      Senate Floor

 

10:35 AM                    Legalizing Marijuana in Vermont

Regulations & Workforce Issues

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Todd LaBaugh, Entrepreneur

John Hollar, Downs, Rachlin Martin PLLC

Sen. David Zuckerman

Pat Moulton , Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      Legalizing Marijuana in Vermont

John Conner, Connor Contracting

William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont

Jo McGuire, Chair of the Marijuana Education Committee, Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association via Phone

David Mickenberg, Attorney, Labor Group

 

10:00 AM                    15  Minute Break

 

10:15 AM                    Legalizing Marijuana in Vermont

 Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM                    H. 187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Proposed Amendment

Sen. John F. Campbell

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

 

11:30 AM                    Legalizing Marijuana in Vermont

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Dennis LaBounty, Vermont State Labor Council/AFL-CIO

 William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont

 

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Committee Bill on Liquor

Rep. Scheuermann -- speaking on H.572 and H.802

Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann

Marc Sherman,  Chair, VT Retail & Grocers

Mark Simakaski, Association of VT Winery & Growers

Sean Lawson, Vermont Brewers Association

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control

Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, VT Brewers' Association

 Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

 

10:30 AM                    S. 224 - An act relating to warranty obligations of equipment dealers and suppliers

Clare Buckley, Lobbyist, KSE Partners, LLP

Allison Crowley Demag, Lobbying & Media Relations, Morris & DeMag, Inc.

 

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      H. 84 - An act relating to internet dating services

Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, The Internet Coalition

 

10:00 AM                    Economic Development Marketing

Joint Hearing in Room 10 with House Commerce

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

Dariel Curran, DCI Counselors, Inc.

Ken Millman, Spike Advertising

 

11:30 AM                    Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Cheryl Ewen (802) 828-3803

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

 

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Senate Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 28

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 1:59 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                     Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                      Community High School of Vermont

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

John Howe, Teacher

 

2:00 PM                      S. 194 - An act relating to student expulsion and suspension as a last resort

Karen Price, Associate Director of Family Support, Vermont Family Network

Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission

 Joel Cook, Director, Vermont National Education Association

 

3:15 PM                      Break

 

3:45 AM                     S. 194 - An act relating to student expulsion and suspension as a last resort

Committee Discussion

 

4:00 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

S.180 daft 1.1 sec 2 and 3

S.178

Proposed Step Up Program Compared with Complete College Vermont

Possible Comment on Other Higher Education Bills Pending

Patricia Coates, State Director, Vermont State Colleges

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

After the Floor            Vermont Farm to School

Northfield Elementary School

Zoe Ryan, Student, Roxbury Village School

Amirah Lewis, Student, Roxbury Village School

Orrin price, Student, Roxbury Village School

Izzy Jackson, Student, Roxbury Village School

Misse Axelrod, Farm to School Coordinator, Roxbury Village School

Patricia O'Reagan, Teacher, Northfield Elementary School

Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director, Vermont FEED

Susan Kamp, Health Systems Program Administrator, Vermont Department of Health

 

2:30 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

Governor's Proposed Step Up program compared with the Complete College Vermont Proposal

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

James Pepper, Governor's Office

 

3:00 PM                      Agency of Education

Education Cost Drivers and Possible Containment Measures

William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Education

 

4:00 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

Committee Discussion

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

1:45 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

S.179

S.178

College Savings Accounts and Their Funding

Portability of Vermont Student Assistance

Possible Comment on Other Higher Education Bills Pending in Committee

Scott Giles, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Marilyn Cargill, Vice President of Financial Aid Services, VSAC

 

Followed By               Higher Education Proposals

Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges

 

3:00 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

Ben Johnson, President, American Federation of Teachers

 

3:30 PM                      Education Issues

Report on Act 46, Sec. 49 on Coordination of Education and Social Services

Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

Melissa Bailey, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

Next Generation Fund

S.180

S.177

College Savings Accounts

 Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Followed By               Higher Education Proposals

Vermont Tax Department 

 

Exemption of Textbooks from sales Tax

Income Tax deduction for Tuition Payments and Student Loans

Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Training Programs

Rebecca Sameroff, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes

 

3:00 PM                      Higher Education Proposals

S.178

S.180 draft 1.1 Section 2 & 3

Proposed Step Up Program Compared with Complete College Vermont Program

Wendy Koenig, Legislative Liaison, University of Vermont

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

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Senate Committee on Finance

 

AGENDA

 

Room 6

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:13 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

1:15 PM                      S. 241 - An act relating to personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

James Pepper, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy Advisor, Governor's Office

 

2:00 PM                      S. 241 - An act relating to personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments

Mark Up

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

2:00 PM                      Controlling Health Care Costs in Vermont

ETHAN ALLEN ROOM

John Brumsted, MD, President & CEO, UVM Health Network and CEO, UVM Medical Center

Anna Noonan, Vice President, The Jeffords Institute for Quality and Operational Effectiveness, UVM Medical Center

Justin Stinnett-Donnelly, MD, Value Care Initiative Coordinator, Central Vermont Medical Center

Todd Keating, Chief Financial Officer, UVM Health Network

Judy Tartaglia, President and CEO, Central Vermont Medical Center

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                      S. 228 - An act relating to creating an exemption from the statewide education property tax for nonprofit Level III residential homes

Susan Sweetser, Ethan Allen Residence Administrator, Living Well Group

Paul Kervick, President & Co-Founder, Living Well Group

 Joyce Touchette, Executive Director, Converse Home

Richard Haesler, Assistant City Attorney, City Of Burlington

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:00 PM                      S. 176 - An act relating to an income tax credit for home modifications required by a disability or physical hardship

Sarah Launderville, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)

John Pierce, Volunteer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:45 PM                      S. 241 - An act relating to personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments

Charles Karparis, Senior Vice President, Mortgage and Lending Department, Vermont State Employees Credit Union

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

12:30 PM                    S. 241 - An act relating to personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments

Discuss and Vote

 

1:00 PM                      All Payer Model

Joint Committee Hearing

Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee

Room 5

 

Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

2:30 PM                      H. 524 - An act relating to seeking a waiver to permit businesses to continue to purchase Exchange plans directly from insurers

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

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If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Penny Dowen (802) 828-2253

 

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Senate Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 4

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 4:42 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

1:00 PM                      S. 184 - An act relating to establishing a State Ethics Commission

Peter Levin

 

1:15 PM                      S. 217 - An act relating to the State’s organization of professional regulation

Part II

Carol Geery, Director of Special Services, Rutland South Supervisory Union

Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

 Joel Cook, Director, Vermont National Education Association

Colin Benjamin, Counsel, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office

Lisa Durstin, Speech Language Pathologist via Phone

 

2:00 PM                      Prop 1 - Declaration of rights; right to privacy

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge

Susan Barrett,  Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Chris Rice, Attorney, MMR Legal Services

 Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

 

2:45 PM                      15  Minute Break

 

3:00 PM                      S. 220 - An act relating to the public financing of campaigns

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Attorney, Attorney General's Office

 Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

 

3:45 PM                      H. 505 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Village of North Bennington

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rep. Timothy R. Corcoran

Janice Lerrigo, Trustee, Village of North Bennington via Phone

 

4:30 PM                      Chairs' Meeting

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

2:00 PM                      Local Government Day

Joint meeting with House Government Operations - held in Senate Chambers

 

-after Joint Meeting    S. 242 - An act relating to the service of civil process by a constable

Keith Clark, Vermont Sheriffs Association

Kevin McLaughlin, Sheriff

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

 

4:00 PM                      Prop 4 - General Assembly; legislative reapportionment; Legislative Apportionment Board; limitation on senatorial districts

Committee Discussion

Tom Little, Vice-President and General Counsel, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

- after the floor            S. 28 - An act relating to divesting State retirement funds from the 200 publically traded companies that hold the largest carbon content fossil fuels reserves

Joe Choquette, Downs Rachlin Martin

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Matt Considine, Director of Investment, Office of the State Treasurer

Deborah Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Al Boright, Retired, Senior Legislative Counsel

Don Hooper, National Wildlife Federation

Ben Walsh, Climate & Energy Program Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

Mike O'Neil, President, VT Troopers Association

Austin Davis, Policy & Communications Coordinator, 350Vt

 

4:00 PM                      15 Minute Break

 

4:15 PM                      S. 234 - An act relating to a candidate’s constitutional qualifications for office

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

11:30 AM                    Senate Floor

 

1:00 PM                      S. 221 - An act relating to law enforcement officers

Michael Davidson, Law Enforcement Officer, Rutland

Susan Cherry, Co-Chair, Community Justice Network of VT

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

Kelley Price, VSEA Non-Management Unit Member, Brattleboro - via Phone

 

2:30 PM                      S. 184 - An act relating to establishing a State Ethics Commission

Claudette Sartino, VT League of Women Voters

Michele Anderson, Legal Counsel, Department of Human Resources

Cindy Bruzzese, Director, Vermont Ethics Network

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Cheryl Ewen (802) 828-2272

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Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

 

AGENDA

 

Room 17

February 8, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/10/2016 3:44 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                      Senate Floor

 

- After the floor          S. 189 - An act relating to foster parents’ rights and protections

Walk-through

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sen. Peg Flory

 

-                                   S. 258 - An act relating to access to treatment for patients with a terminal illness

Committee Discussion

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Cindy Bruzzese, Director, Vermont Ethics Network

Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont

Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society, Vermont

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      S. 244 - An act relating to determining hospital costs

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Mike Davis, Director of Health Finance, Green Mountain Care Board

 

11:00 AM                    S. 190 - An act relating to maintaining prescription drugs outside the original prescription container

Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Dr. Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Sergeant Thomas Mozzer, Department of Public Safety

 

11:45 AM                    Farm to School

Bristol Elementary School

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8:00 AM                      All Payer Model

Patient protections, transparency, and public accountability

Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate

Jackie Majoros, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid

Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services

Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

Sandy Rousse, President and CEO, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice

Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont

John Michael Hall, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Area Agency on Aging

Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      S. 245 - An act relating to disclosure of health care provider affiliations

Introduction of Bill

Sen. Tim Ashe

 

9:15 AM                      S. 245 - An act relating to disclosure of health care provider affiliations

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Amy Cooper, Executive Director, Healthfirst, Inc.

 Jason Williams, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, University of Vermont Medical Center

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

 

10:15 AM                    S. 256 - An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont

Laura Pelosi, Lobbyist, MMRVT

Suzanne Leavitt, Director of Licensing and Protection, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

 

11:15 AM                    Provider Tax

Committee discussion

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

Chrissy Gilhuly (802) 828-2299

 

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Senate Committee on Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 7

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/9/2016 3:33 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

1:25 PM                      Capital Bill Adjustment FY 2016-2017

Sec. 2 (7) Statewide Physical Security Enhancements

 Peter Danles, Director of Security, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

1:45 PM                      Capital Bill Adjustment FY 2016-2017

Sec. 22 Bond Premiums Budget Adjustment

Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

2:15 PM                      Capital Bill Adjustment FY 2016-2017

IT Integrated Eligibility, MMS

Justin Johnson, Secretary, Agency of Administration

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:00 PM                      Capital Bill Adjustment FY 2016-2017

Proposal for renovations on the Forensic Lab Sec. 13 (3) and testing pertaining to the S.241

Joe Flynn, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

John Ostrum, Buildings Engineer, Department of Buildings & General Services

Dr. Trisha Conti, Laboratory Director, Vermont Forensics Laboratory, Department of Public Safety

Greg Nagurney, Traffic Safety Prosecutor, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

-15 minutes after the Senate floor ends         Committee Discussion

on S. 241

 

-                                   J.R.S. 35 - Joint resolution urging Vermont’s participation in the Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of incarcerated Vermonters with a mental illness

Committee Discussion and Possible vote

 

2:30 PM                      Crime Research Group

Karen Gennette Esq., Programs Manager, Crime Research Group

 Robin Weber, J.D., Ph.D. Director of Research, Crime Research Group

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

-15 minutes after the Senate Floor ends        Capital Bill Adjustment FY 2016-2017

Update

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Ethan Parke, Director of Conservation Assessment and Analysis, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Nancy Everhart, Farm Program Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

2:00 PM                      University of Vermont

 Thomas Sullivan, President, University of Vermont

 

2:15 PM                      Agricultural Fairs

Mike Tetreault, President, Orleans County Fair

 Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

 Jim Foster, President, Addison County Fair

 Peggy Sherlock, Member, Tunbridge Fair

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

1:00 PM                      Capital Bill Adjustment FY 2016-2017

Update on the Vermont Veterans Home

Melissa Jackson, Administrator, Vermont Veteran's Home

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

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 Penny Carpenter (802) 828-2352

 

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Senate Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 1

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/10/2016 2:00 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                     Senate Floor

 

-15 minutes after the floor     S. 154 - An act relating to enhanced penalties for assaulting an employee of the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families and to criminal threatening

Continue Testimony then Mark-up

 

Dr. Christopher Barsotti, Chair-elect, ACEP Trauma and Injury Prevention Section Legislative Liaison, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians via Phone

 Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:15 AM                   S. 10 - An act relating to the State DNA database

Mark-up of the bill

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

8:30 AM                     S. 231 - An act relating to immunity from liability for agritourism activities

Walk thru and Testimony

 

Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons, Sponsor

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Vera Simon-Nobes, Farm-Based Education Network Coordinator

Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Tourism Data Center

Mike Isham, Farmer, Isham Family Farm

Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farm

Chris Maley, Chair, Vermont Association for Justice  VTAJ

 Megan Camp, Vice President, Shelburne Farms

 

10:15 AM                   Break

 

10:45 AM                   Crime Research Group

Karen Gennette, Executive Director, Crime Research Group

Robin Weber, J.D., Ph.D. Director of Research, Crime Research Group

 Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

 

11:15 AM                   S. 10 - An act relating to the State DNA database

Mark-up of the bill

Karen Gennette Esq., Executive Director, Crime Research Group

 Robin Weber, Senior Research Associate, Crime Research Group

 Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                    Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8:30 AM                     S. 212 - An act relating to court-approved absences from home detention and home confinement furlough

Testimony then Mark-up

Keith Clark, Sheriff, Windham County

 Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

David Cahill, Executive Director, Department of State's, Sheriff's and Special Investigative Units

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Dale Crook, Correctional Field Services Specialist, Department of Corrections

Cara Cookson, Public Policy Director and Victim Assistance Program Coordinator, Center for Crime Victims Services

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   St. Johnsbury Work Camp Closure

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Michael Touchette, Director of Correctional Facilities, Department of Corrections

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Chad L. Whitehead, PE, Town Manager, Town of St.Johnsbury

Jamie Murphy, Select Board Member, Town of St. Johnsbury

Kevin Oddy, Select Board Member, St. Johnsbury

 

12:00 PM                    Adjourn

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

8:30 AM                     Confirmation Hearing

Judge Michael Kainen, Superior Court Judge

 

8:50 AM                     Confirmation Hearing

Judge Mary Morrissey

 

9:10 AM                     Confirmation Hearing

 Kirstin Schoonover, Superior Court Judge

 

9:30 AM                     Confirmation Hearing

Judge Brian Valentine, Magistrate Judge

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   S. 91 - An act relating to qualifications of judicial officers and judicial selection and retention

Walk thru of the bill

 Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:20 AM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Penny Carpenter (802) 828-2278

 

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Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Room 8

February 9, 2016 - February 12, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 1:25 PM

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

9:30 AM                     Senate Floor

 

10:30 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Comments on the Solar Siting Task Force Recommendations

Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

10:45 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

The Siting Process & Expanding the REC Pilot

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

11:15 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

248 vs 250 Process

 Michael Zahner, Consultant

 

12:00 PM                    Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                     S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Net Metering and the Grid Impact of Renewable Generation

Andrea Cohen, Manager Government Affairs & Member Relations, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Jeffrey Wright, Chief Operating Officer, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

 

9:30 AM                     S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Net Metering and the Grid Impact of Renewable Generation

Ben Luce, Professor, Lyndon State College

 

10:00 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Net Metering and the Grid Impact of Renewable Generation

Bob Amelang

 

10:30 AM                   Break

 

10:45 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Cindy Hill, Attorney

 

11:15 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                    Adjourn

 

1:00 PM                      Senate Floor

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                     S. 123 - An act relating to standardized procedures for permits and approvals issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation

Bill Update

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

John Brabant, Regulatory Affairs Director, Vermonters for a Clean Environment

 

10:30 AM                   Break

 

10:45 AM                   S. 123 - An act relating to standardized procedures for permits and approvals issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation

Pros and Cons of the Proposed On-the-Record Appeals Process of Draft 1.3 

Chris Kilian, Director, Conservation Law Foundation

 

11:00 AM                   S. 123 - An act relating to standardized procedures for permits and approvals issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation

Pros and Cons of the proposed On-the-Record Appeals Process on Draft 1.3

Jamey Fidel, General Counsel, Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

12:00 PM                    Adjourn

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                     Vermont Electric Power Company

Tom Dunn, CEO, VELCO

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

10:15 AM                   S. 123 - An act relating to standardized procedures for permits and approvals issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation

Pros and Cons of the Proposed On-the-Record Appeals Process

 Warren Coleman, General Counsel, MMRVT

 

10:45 AM                   S. 230 - An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects

Comparison Act 250 and Section 248

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM                   Adjourn

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

ATTENTION - Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document.

 

With few exceptions, any documents a witness submits to a committee or to a committee assistant are open to the public.

 

In addition, a witness’ submission of a document authored by the witness or his or her organization constitutes consent to its posting on the committee’s webpage, unless the witness specifically requests that the document not be posted.  Although the committee will honor requests not to post such documents on its webpage, once a witness submits a document to the committee, it is a public record and will be subject to public inspection and copying unless exempt under the Public Records Act.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

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Senate Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 3

February 7, 2016 - February 13, 2016

Last Updated 2/11/2016 8:04 AM

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9:30 AM                      FLOOR

 

10:30 AM                    Highway Division Roadway, Paving and traffic programs Budget

Ken Robie, Project Delivery Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

Jesse Devlin, Roadway, Paving & Traffic Programs Manager, Agency of Transportation

Sue Scribner, Municipal Assistance Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM                      Evaluation of Adopt a Park & Ride / Adopt a Highway Programs

 Amy Bell, Planning Coordinator, Agency of Transportation

 Sommer Bucossi, Planning Coordinator

 

10:30 AM                    VLCT Local Government Day

Joint hearing of Senate and House Transportation Committees in Room 10

Kathleen Ramsey, Board Member, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 Jared Cadwell, Selectman, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 Duncan Hastings, Administrator, Johnson

Jeff Wennberg, Commissioner, Rutland City

Chris Louras, Mayor, Rutland City

Keith Rollins, Town Manager, Bethel

Jacqueline Higgins, Town Manager, Williamstown

 William Shepeluk, Town & Village Manager, Waterbury

Chad L. Whitehead, PE, Town Manager, Town of St.Johnsbury

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:00 AM                      Personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments

MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 10

Chris Cole, Secretary, Agency of Transportation

Scott Davidson, Governor's Highway Safety Program, Governor's Highway Safety Program

Colonel Jake Elovirta, Chief of Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles

Chris Louras, Mayor, Rutland City

Francis Buck, Vermont State Firefighters Association

Tom Gorman, Director, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Area via Phone

Lieutenant Rob Sharpe, Washington State Police via Phone

Justin Nordhorn, Chief of Enforcement, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board via Phone

 

11:30 AM                    Brattleboro Rotary

Sen. Jeanette K. White, '

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer & Director of the Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

 

1:00 PM                      FLOOR

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

9:00 AM                      Aviation Program and Budget

 Guy Rouelle, Aviation Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM                    S. 225 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to motor vehicles

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

 Dan Freihofer, Summit Distributors

 George Beato, Chief Financial Officer, Champlain Oil Co., Inc.

 

11:30 AM                    FLOOR

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Kenneth Feld (802) 828-2254

 

Committee schedules are updated daily, and are subject to change without notice.